Evening in Good Taste 2014

Over 100 individuals met together at The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery to enjoy the revelry and good eats of Yobel International’s third annual Evening in Good Taste. Restaurants, cafes, musicians, and community members gathered to enjoy an evening of fanciness and good eats. Our amazing tasters brought samplings of their finest food and drinks. Many companies and individuals from around the area donated amazing products and services to our silent auction. The night was filled with engaging conversations, passionate awareness, and opportunities to contribute to the work and mission of Yobel International.

But the purpose of all this gathering and merriment was more than just enjoying one another’s company. The Evening in Good Taste serves as the major fundraising and local awareness event for Yobel International. It is a platform for informing others about the work that Yobel does year-round to train entrepreneurs in some of the most impoverished global communities and provides the opportunity for others to be a part of that work.

Sarah Ray, co-founder and Executive Director of Yobel International, shared engaging, inspirational stories about some of the women Yobel trained in Pakistan and Uganda in the past year—women like Masooma, from Gilgit Baltistan.

Masooma graduated from Shining Light International’s tailoring training program and learned vocational skills necessary to sew beautiful garments. Yobel’s business training next provided an opportunity for her to discover how those tailoring skills could be made into a business and increased her ability to provide for her family and contribute to her community. After the training Masooma analyzed the market in her town, deemed it saturated with other clothing providers, moved to her home village of Hunza, and opened a boutique with her cousin. She now provides clothing for her neighbors and has increased her family income to 20,000 Rs per month—much more than what she was making as a servant in a wealthy family’s home before she started her sewing business. She implemented a budget and is saving a quarter of her salary for her children’s education. The poverty that she saw and experienced firsthand inspires her to work hard to achieve her goal of having the best educated children.

Because of the immense amount of poverty I have seen and experienced, I am determined to see a change. I would love to train other Pakistani women to learn business skills so that they can provide for their families.
— Masooma

 Masooma’s story is the experience of 1% of women in Pakistan. Only 1% have the training, social support, and resources necessary to become an entrepreneur. But we see that the positive impacts of those factors are huge! Masooma can provide for her family, contribute to her community, and care for those around her better because of the business she started after a combination of Shining Light’s vocational training and Yobel International’s entrepreneurial training. 

Stories like this and people like Masooma inspire us to train others. We see the potential and need for this kind of knowledge in so many communities around the world. We also see that these experiences aren’t isolated and singular. In fact, training women is one of the most sustainable tactics for development. It decreases poverty and provides for families with 90% of a woman’s earnings being reinvested into the betterment of the next generation. Additionally, training women is one of the top three factors in preventing trafficking into slavery within origin or source countries according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Entrepreneurs in Uganda joyfully celebrate their graduation from Yobel’s training in August.

 Our goal is to expand the availability of our entrepreneurial training within the next year by offering this life changing program to new communities in countries like Tajikistan and Mexico and by offering a licensure program so other organizations can conduct our training in their own communities. We want to empower and enable leaders in impoverished international communities to conduct their own indigenous trainings in the future, using our curriculum as a base.

 We love the opportunity to share stories of transformation that are the result of people having a space to dream, find answers to needs in their communities, and discover the truth of who God has uniquely created them to be! The Evening in Good Taste provided an occasion to share this narrative, Yobel’s work, and our future goals with the Pikes Peak community. We are thankful for the many people who desire to be a part of what we do and what God does through this work.

Even if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the Evening in Good Taste you can still be an integral part of Yobel International. You can volunteer, give financially, come on a trip, and pray with us for our business trainings, the entrepreneurs and communities that are impacted, and the work that we do daily. You can learn more about Yobel International on our website, donate on our website or through the Indy Give campaign through December 31st, support Yobel International by shopping at Yobel Market, and visit us in downtown Colorado Springs.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who participated and generously contributed to the success of the Evening in Good Taste! Because of your involvement, Yobel International brought in $11,000 toward our future business trainings and curriculum development! Amazing!

Shout out to our tasters:

Grand Vin  ▪ Mona Lisa Fondue  ▪ Pike’s Peak Brewing Company  ▪ Principal’s Office  ▪ Radiantly Raw  ▪ Red Leg Brewing Company  ▪ Seeds Community Café  ▪ Switchback ▪ The Warehouse ▪ Wild Goose

Many thanks to our silent auction donors:

100% Chiropractic ▪ 7000ft Sweets ▪ Air Academy Athletic Corp ▪ Arapahoe Basin ▪ Black Bear Distillery ▪ Blonde Dutch Girl ▪ Briarhurst Manor ▪ Brunswick Zone XL ▪ Camino Massage ▪ Chili’s ▪ Colorado College ▪ Costco ▪ doTERRA ▪ Elevation Spa ▪ Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping ▪ Fine Arts Center- Colorado Springs ▪ Flatirons American Bar & Grill ▪ The French Kitchen Cooking Classes ▪ Garden of the Gods Gourmet ▪ Inn at Palmer Divide ▪ Jasmine Garden Chinese Restaurant ▪ Lemongrass Spa ▪ Love Roots Photography ▪ Marlene Kort ▪ Mary Kay ▪ Matthew Schniper ▪ The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant ▪ Old School Bakery ▪ Paint the Town ▪ Painting with a Twist ▪ Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours ▪ Red Robin- Powers ▪ Savory Spice Shop ▪ Sky Sox ▪ SoCo Hammocks ▪ Stitch Studio ▪ Sunlight Glassblowing Studio  ▪ TK Nails ▪ The Blonde Dutch Girl ▪ Wisdom Tea House ▪ Young Life

And thank you to all who participated as volunteers or attendees at our event! Without you and your partnership, this work would not be possible! Thanks!